Named after one of the old Coast Guard stations that once dotted Virginia’s outer banks, Smithfield Station welcomes guests with quaint riverfront charm. Blue herons, white egrets, and even the occasional bald eagle soar within eyeshot of the hotel's rustic wraparound porch. Nautical decor fills the lobby, which features a compass rose on its blond-wood floors. The Pack family tends the boutique hotel's 44 rooms and gladly offers tips on local attractions and how to navigate the nearby boardwalk.
From the private balcony of a deluxe lodge room, you can take in stunning views of the Pagan River. The room’s electric fireplace warms the space on brisk evenings, and select rooms have been outfitted with oversize jacuzzi tubs. Custom cherry furniture and plush chairs create a homey ambiance.
Winner of a Readers’ Choice Award from Hampton Roads magazine, The Restaurant at Smithfield Station serves fresh local seafood and world-famous Smithfield ham seven days a week. Other offerings include sweet-potato-encrusted rockfish stuffed with ham and crabmeat. Meals can be devoured in the cedar-paneled dining room or on a deck overlooking the marina and grassy marshes.
Smithfield, Virginia: Historic River-Port Town
Located west of Hampton Roads, Smithfield evokes peaceful serenity everywhere from the boardwalk wrapped around the Smithfield Station to the boats bobbing in the marina. Art galleries, specialty shops, historical attractions, and several dining options all lie within walking distance of the hotel.
Just across the street from Smithfield Station is the Windsor Castle Park, home to more than four miles of woodland walking trails and several prime picnicking spots. The former plantation complex’s mid-17th-century manor house as well as two 19th-century granaries still stand on the grounds. Smithfield is also home to a church built in 1632 and the homes of many patriots who fought for American independence. A 45-minute drive can transport you back in time to Colonial Williamsburg or forward in time to the roller-coaster-filled future at Busch Gardens.